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Pediatric Dental Sealants
Cavities are the bane of many children and their parents. Not only can cavities be expensive to deal with, but they can cause discomfort and pain. In order to combat and prevent tooth decay and cavities, Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer dental sealants as a treatment option for your child.
What are Dental Sealants?
Usually placed on the back teeth like molars and premolars, a dental sealant is a plastic coating that is painted thinly on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. A dental sealant bonds with the teeth’s grooves and depressions. As a result of this bond, the dental sealant acts as a shield that prevents food and plaque from getting stuck in various recesses.
Are Dental Sealants Right for Your Child?
Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry recommends that most children get dental sealants as soon as the permanent premolars and molars come in. By doing this, the dental sealants can protect the teeth of your son or daughter during the years where he or she is most prone to cavities. Dental sealants are also recommended in some cases for baby teeth that have deep grooves and depressions as losing the baby teeth too early can result in the adult teeth emerging incorrectly. Most sealants last up to ten years, but can be replaced as necessary. Here are some simple facts about dental sealants:
- Dental sealants can typically only be seen up close, so the sealants won’t be seen when your child smiles or talks.
- Sealants are a preventive measure to keep your kid’s teeth happy and healthy as damaged caused by tooth decay cannot be permanently undone once it sets in.
- Most insurances cover the charges involved with getting a dental sealant.
How is the Procedure for Dental Sealants Performed?
The procedure for dental sealants is painless and simple. Your child should only have to spend a few minutes for each tooth that needs sealed. After the dental hygienist or dentist cleans and dries your kid’s tooth, an acidic solution is applied to the tooth’s chewing surface in order to help the bonding of the sealant. Once the tooth is rinsed and dried again, the dental sealant is painted onto the enamel of the tooth and hardened with the use of a curing light. After that, the dental sealant process is completed and your child’s tooth is protected.
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Dental sealants are an excellent preventive measure to stop tooth decay from hindering your youngster’s smile. If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us today. If you’re looking to schedule an appointment for your son or daughter, that can be done online or with a phone call. Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing the best oral care possible for your children.